Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

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Fifteen foot long Monty Python credits scroll comes to auction in Bristol

30 May 2019

East Bristol Auctions is to offer a 15 ft-long credit scroll from an episode of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode now emerge at auction

30 May 2019

The tremendous appeal of anything Dr Who related was underlined at south London auction house Roseberys in March when a collection of archive of photographs and copies of plans from a ‘lost’ episode sold for £4600. Now, more images are on offer, this time in colour.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Speculation mounts over whether Louvre in Paris will label Salvator Mundi as a ‘workshop’ picture

30 May 2019

The question regarding the authorship of Leonardo's ‘Salvator Mundi’, the world’s most expensive painting, has again been the subject of media attention this week after it was claimed that experts at the Louvre in Paris are reluctant to exhibit it as a fully autograph work.

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Three John Constable pictures come to auction at Chiswick including portrait of his uncle

29 May 2019

Following the sale of two vibrant ink on paper sketches by John Constable in March, Chiswick Auctions is to offer three more works by the Suffolk-born painter in its British & European Fine Art sale next month.

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Record for Hans Daucher sculpture as putti point to earliest example of Renaissance architecture in Germany

29 May 2019

A pair of early 16th century carved stone putti was the toast of a recent auction at Sotheby’s Paris. Created for the chapel of a famous German Renaissance banking family, they sold as part of a collection from a French château for €1.95m (£1.71m).

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Five militaria auction highlights – including a Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder

28 May 2019

A Second World War V1 flying bomb rudder recovered in Kent and kept as a ‘souvenir’ by a Home Guard member is among the militaria highlights in five recent auctions.

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Abbey Road Studios recordings from 18 stars including Ed Sheeran come to auction at Spink

28 May 2019

Original master recordings from Abbey Road Studios of artists including Blondie, Ed Sheeran, Alanis Morissette and The Killers will be offered at auction in June.

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Early typewriter pushes all the right buttons at German auction

27 May 2019

An example of the first commercially produced typewriter – one of only five in private hands – has sold for €100,000 at auction in Germany.

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Bonhams expects record bid for Tompion’s miniature ‘Q Clock’

27 May 2019

Bonhams will offer the most valuable English Golden Age clock ever to appear at auction as part of next month’s sale of the Clive collection.

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Da Qian is Woolley & Wallis’s 11th £1m-plus lot

27 May 2019

A painting by the celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) sold for £2.3m (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis.

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£40,000 sleeper is Edo export survivor

27 May 2019

Unusually for an Asian art sale, the top price at Sworders' latest offering in in Stansted Mountfitchet was paid for a Japanese work of art.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a 19th century Italian table, a Royal Crown Derby tureen and a horse-racing cup

27 May 2019

With estimates from £300-12,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Henry Lamb portrait tops sale while German bronzes perform strongly

27 May 2019

A portrait by Henry Lamb (1883-1960) making its first appearance at auction fetched a sale-topping £18,000 at Cambridge auction house Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) on May 9.

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Well-known private collection of African art comes up in Sotheby’s Paris auction

27 May 2019

Tribal art makes regular saleroom appearances in Paris, which is one of the major commercial centres in this sector.

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Market-fresh rural scene from Norfolk sells at Keys' auction

27 May 2019

A bucolic Norfolk landscape by English artist John Alfred Arnesby-Brown (1866- 1953) emerged as one of the top sellers in an auction dedicated to East Anglian art at local Aylsham saleroom Keys (20% buyer’s premium).

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Third slice of pre-Columbian works on offer at Drouot

27 May 2019

At the Drouot auction centre on June 6 the Paris firm of Binoche et Giquello will be selling a third instalment from a US collection of pre-Columbian works from Meso, Central and South America which is expected to realise in the region of €3m-4m.

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On the ball for tribal items coming up in west London sale

27 May 2019

Antiquities and tribal art will be on offer at Chiswick Auctions in west London on June 27.

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Furniture rolls back the years

27 May 2019

Two collections assembled since the late 1960s enthuse a fresh generation of buyers.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £800 including Rowland Hill Irish landscape

27 May 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £800, including an oil on canvas by Rowland Hill of a Donegal bay.

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Pedestal tripod table finds place in the sun

27 May 2019

The furniture market continues to enjoy its occasional moments in the sun. During The Pedestal’s (25% buyer’s premium) sixth sale at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, on April 30 a George III carved mahogany octagonal tripod table (estimate £12,000-18,000) sold for £24,000.

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